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August 2013

Local businesses suffer tech support crisis while nerds attend Dragon Con

in Business/Culture
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Many Chattanooga businesses have found themselves in the middle of a collective technical support crisis this weekend, with the temporary mass exodus of nerds from the city. All computer and Information Technology nerds in Chattanooga and surrounding areas are simultaneously attending the annual Atlanta event Dragon Con, which gathers over…

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Local man commemorates 50th anniv. of MLK’s “Dream” speech by eating shrimp at Lamar’s

in Food/Drink/Politics
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Fifty years ago today, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington, and Chattanooga resident, UTC senior and lacrosse team goalie Preston Maxwell Rawlings III commemorated the occasion by eating enormous fried shrimp at the MLK Blvd. restaurant…

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Mayor Berke solves late-night event hall problem: “After-party at my crib, y’all”

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Chattanooga event halls, which currently do not require licenses like nightclubs or bars, have received intense scrutiny lately due to numerous police calls and late-night, after-hours violence, including several shootings and two fatalities, but at a press conference, Mayor Andy Berke announced a relatively simple solution to a troubling issue…

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Ridgedale Church accepts Kat Cooper’s family after viewing The Sapphic Sorority Sisters of Lesbos

in Culture
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The Ridgedale Church of Christ in Chattanooga made national news this week after its leaders asked the relatives of openly gay detective Kat Cooper to either repent and seek forgiveness for accepting Cooper’s homosexuality or to leave the church. Cooper’s family decided to leave the church, but the leadership and…

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais tells 11-year-old girl there is no Santa Claus

in Politics
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)

At a Rutherford County town hall meeting last week, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais told an 11-year-old girl that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, as part of a bizarre rant that began after she asked DesJarlais if anything could be done to stop her father, an undocumented immigrant, from being deported. Responding…

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Hamilton County schools update sex ed with masturbation curriculum

in Education/Health
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For decades, sex education has been entrenched in public schools for adolescent students, addressing topics including teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and birth control, and with a new initiative, the subject of efficient masturbation will also be taught as part of the curriculum in Hamilton County schools. The program, entitled…

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Chattanooga Police deploys anti-chicken strike force

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It’s a summer afternoon in North Chattanooga, and a man in a wool, slate-gray pinstriped double-breasted suit stands unflinchingly in the 90-degree heat; his commanding figure is completed by an ink-black necktie and a matching silk display handkerchief, and below his obsidian sunglasses, his lips slowly kiss his Dunhill cigarette…

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